Bariatric surgery is performed to achieve weight loss in morbidly obese individuals who have failed conventional methods of diet and exercise. There are different types of bariatric surgery but it generally involves reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing a part of the intestine which results in early satiety and malabsorption. These surgeries may now be performed using robotic technology which enables your doctor to use minimally invasive methods while improving dexterity and precision.
How is robotic surgery performed?
Robotic surgery is performed using advanced imaging systems that give a magnified 3-dimensional view of the operating site. A few small incisions are made through which imaging and surgical instruments are inserted and controlled by robotic arms. Your doctor views the operative site and controls the robotic arms from a console near the operating table. The robotic arms are highly manoeuvrable and enable very precise movements.
Robotic technology allows bariatric surgery to be performed in a highly precise fashion. You can discuss this with your surgeon in greater depth.
How does the da Vinci Robotic system help your surgeon?
The da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System is an advanced tool for minimally invasive surgery. It acts as a natural extension of a surgeon's eyes and hands, through a combination of cutting-edge robotics, 3D stereoscopic vision, and intuitive human-interface controls. Seated at the ergonomic da Vinci console, the surgeon has 3D high-definition vision of the surgical field, with magnification 10x greater than the human eye. Intuitive hand controls allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control, using tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The da Vinci Surgical System's unique human to machine synchronization - called "following" - fosters a state of proprioception, a sense of the system being an extension of the surgeon's body. Via this model, the surgeon operates from a comfortable seated position with steady, natural motion and control.